Ever since it went on air in May 2010, daily soap 'Saath Nibhaana Saathiya' has hardly been free of trouble, be it cast changes from time to time or battling low TRPs once in a while. Now the latest buzz is actress Rupal Patel, who plays Kokila, is upset with producer Rashmi Sharma for allegedly failing to clear her dues of Rs 1.25 crore.
A source says, "Rupal has been awaiting payment for the last few months; the total outstanding amount is somewhere around Rs 1.25-1.5 crore. Now she has put her foot down and threatened not to report to the sets until her dues are cleared."
When we got in touch with the actress, she chose to remain mum. "No comments on this, please" was her response to our text message.
However, Vishal Singh, who plays Jigar on the show, says, "Payment is the best thing about Rashmi Sharma Telefilms; they are almost always on time. I have never had any problems with them personally."
Producer Sharma did not respond to our calls or messages.
It seems the prominent role of Dharam Suryavanshi played by Amar Upadhyay on 'Saath Nibhaana Saathiya', will be killed due to the actor's apparent "tantrums" and "attitude problem". Amar's character had, of late, started gaining traction, especially his love story with a much younger Tanya Sharma.
When asked about his imminent ouster due to his tantrums, Amar said, "It may be a creative decision. Frankly, I have no clue. I loved the character and that's why I signed up for it. From what I know, my role was going fine and then I figured that they may be planning to kill me off. So, I asked them about it and was told that nothing has been decided yet. And what tantrums are you talking about? The only thing I ever speak up about is my character. I have put my foot down when I was not given what was promised. Having said that, I don’t think that’s the reason for my character being killed off."
A unit hand informs us Amar will be recalled on the show with a twist to his role. "I have signed a one-year contract with the production house. If they want me, they will call me," he quips.